Suitcase Stories Warwickshire
Exciting News! We have been awarded funding from South Warwickshire CCG and Warwickshire County Council to run 10 weeks of reminiscence and music workshops for people living with dementia and their carers at Alcester and Kenilworth libraries. Orchestra of the Swan will be our musicians and Warwickshire Reminiscence Action Project will be providing our handling objects and reminiscence worker. Each week will be a different theme from work, school, holidays and dressing up and going out etc! The musicians will play music based on the theme and encourage people to sing along. The handling objects will spark memories also from the 40’s, 50′ and 60’s. There will also be a chance to socialise with others over a cup of tea and biscuits.
Alcester library from 10.30am to 12.30pm and Kenilworth library from 2-4pm
Thursdays 2,9,16,23,30 May 6,13 June 4,11,18 July 2019
To book contact Jenny Davis 07946 585978 or firstname.lastname@example.org places are limited
We are looking for volunteers to help also! click here for role description
SUITCASE STORIES 2
Suitcase Stories 2 is an 18 month reminiscence and music project for people living with dementia and their carers in the Wyre Forest, Redditch, Bromsgrove and Wychavon districts running from November 2018 to March 2020.
During the life of the project there will be 63 fortnightly community sessions in Evesham, Kidderminster and Redditch at museums and community centres, 60 sessions in care homes, 12 monthly music workshops at The Artrix in Bromsgrove, CPD training for the lead artists, mentoring for 3 students or early career musicians and a symposium in March 2020 for the arts, health and museum sector.
The artists are Heather Wastie, Deborah Rose and Tristan Pate. They will each compose at least three new songs from the reminiscences which will be recorded and available online. They will also perform them at 3 dementia cafes and at the symposium. A short documentary film will also be made to help evaluate the project alongside a full evaluation of the outcomes of the project.
The fortnightly sessions will be Monday’s at The Museum of Carpet, Kidderminster 10.30am-12.30pm, Forge Mill Museum, Redditch Monday’s 2.30pm-4.30pm and Wallace House Community Centre Fridays 10.30am to 12.30pm. £2.50 a session (to include refreshments) community sessions leaflet
The monthly sessions will be the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 1.30pm to 2.45pm costs £2.50 a session (to include refreshments)Music Dementia Workshops leaflet 2018
All sessions must be accompanied by a carer or family member.
We are looking for 3 music students or early career musicians to be mentored by the lead artists for 4 month periods, so if you are interested in community music and working with people living with dementia in a care home or community setting get in touch. More information is here mentoring advert
Also we are looking for people to volunteer at our monthly sessions and at Evesham Wallace House. Contact Jenny or more information.Volunteer job description
This project is generously funded by Arts Council, Elmley Foundation, Bransford Trust, Wyre Forest District Council, Redditch Borough Council, Bromsgrove District Council, Worcestershire County Council, Wyre Forest Legion Trust, John Martins Trust and Museums Worcestershire.
If you want further information contact Jenny Davis, Project Manager email@example.com 07946 585978